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Base 4 have worked extremely hard this week! We have learnt all about: The Earth, Sun and Moon; Air Resistance; Adding and Subtracting Fractions and that's before we even get to the fantastic English work we have been writing!

In English we have been linking our topic of Journeys in with the books 'The Storm Whale' and 'The Storm Whale in Winter.' These are lovely picture story books which tell the story of a boy called Noi. This week we have been looking at Noi and exploring his surroundings by using expanded noun phrases to describe what we could see. We then used a feelings ladder to order how we thought Noi may be feeling as he missed his friend the Storm Whale as we looked for clues hidden around the classroom and in his bedroom. This will lead perfectly onto a character description that we have now planned and are poised ready to write next week!

In Maths we have carried on with, the now not so dreaded, fractions! We have used our learnt knowledge of numerators and denominators to convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions! Give us a challenge this weekend and ask us how we do it. We then moved onto adding and subtracting fractions. Year 5's had the added challenge of having to use their knowledge of expanding and simplifying fractions to find a common denominator first before we could solve these problems. After a few tears (again mostly from Mr Sargeant) we are now much more confident at this. <----- This is your homework this week! IT IS NOT ON MYMATHS!!

In Science we have carried on with our topic of Space and Forces. This week we learnt a few key facts that we need to ensure that we remember! So I've put them below just in case!
Earth to orbit the Sun — 365 and a quarter days
Moon to orbit the Earth — 28 days
Earth to spin on its axis once (1 day) — 24 hours

On top of learning all about this we also learnt all about gravity and air resistance. The pictures above show us zooming around the playground using air resistance to slow us down — feel free to use these next time you go shopping mums and dads!. We discovered that Air Resistance can be a good thing though and slowing us down can be useful — for example parachutes! So we were given the task of slowing down a ball of blue-tac using just a few simple materials. We had varying degrees of success but we all succeeded in slowing the ball down, even if it was only a small bit. This showed us that Air Resistance is a Resistive force that acts upon objects as they move through the air.

To top an action packed week off we had a top author join us on Thursday, Paul Geraghty, We spent the day learning how to be a top author like him. He showed us how he wrote some of his books, how he illustrated his books and even shared some of his favourite jokes.

I'm sure you will agree that this week has definitely been a busy one! Enjoy your weekend Base 4!

Mr Sargeant and Mrs Winward

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